Boosting the use of Arbitration in the Caribbean

Kingston, Jamaica, • English

The ICC Court of Arbitration is hosting a conference in Kingston, Jamaica aimed to discuss the New Jamaica Arbitration Act, 2017. It will feature members of the ICC Court and its Secretariat who will explain the amendments to the ICC Rules of Arbitration, as well as other ICC policies to foster transparency in international arbitration proceedings.


The ICC Conference in Jamaica “Boosting the use of Arbitration in the Caribbean” will feature discussions on the New Jamaica Arbitration Act, 2017, based on the UNCITRAL Model Law, which will foster the use of arbitration as a method of resolving disputes in the country and the Caribbean region.

High level representatives of the ICC Court and its Secretariat will explain the new steps taken by the ICC International Court of Arbitration to ensure greater transparency and boost the efficiency of arbitral procedures conducted under the ICC Arbitration Rules.

Furthermore, renowned arbitration practitioners will examine diverse topics related to judicial support in international arbitrations. They will provide fundamental perspectives on international arbitral awards, in addition to some insight on capacity building for the region.

Who should attend?

Practicing lawyers, corporate counsel, in-house counsel, arbitrators and other dispute resolution services practitioners, academics, business and public sectors, civil society, and professionals involved and/or interested in obtaining further knowledge about keeping up to date with domestic and international arbitration in the Americas and in the Caribbean.


09:00-09:15Welcoming Remarks
09:15-10:30Roundtable on “New Arbitration Law in Jamaica

This roundtable will focus on the New Arbitration Law in Jamaica based on the provisions of the Model Law published by the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), which has repealed the Arbitration Act of 1900. The intention of this new law is to facilitate domestic and international trade by encouraging the use of arbitration as a method of resolving disputes. Renowned arbitration practitioners will discuss the impact of these new stipulations on the development of commerce and international arbitration in the country as well as in the Caribbean region.

10:30-10:45Q & A Session
10:45-11:15Coffee Break
11:15-12:30Panel on “New ICC Rules and Policies to enhance ICC Arbitration”

Considering the continual growth of arbitration to solve commercial and investment disputes, the ICC International Court of Arbitration decided to take a number of important steps in order to ensure greater transparency as well as boost the efficiency of arbitral procedures conducted under the ICC Rules. As a result, the ICC modified their Arbitration Rules (in force as of 1 March 2017) with substantial changes in order to have more expedited procedures and foster transparency as well. This panel will be dedicated to explaining how these new policies and modifications to the ICC Arbitration Rules have positively worked since their implementation.

12:30-12:45Q & A Session
12:45-14:00Lunch Break
14:00-15:15Roundtable on “Judicial Support in International Arbitrations”

It is well recognized that the interaction and cooperation between judicial courts and arbitral tribunals is crucial to ensuring the appropriate development of the use of arbitration. The courts have an important role to play through their intervention at various stages of arbitral procedures. This session will include debates related to:

  • Judicial assistance: The role of the judiciary before, during and after arbitration
  • Jurisdiction: the scope of the “competence-competence principle”
  • Evidence: Shall national courts assist arbitral tribunals in gathering evidence? Pros and cons
  • Execution of arbitral awards: The important role of the judiciary
15:15-15:30Q & A Session
15:30-16:00Coffee Break
16:00-17:15Panel on “International Arbitral Awards: A Fundamental Perspective”

This panel will provide an overview of several aspects regarding international arbitral awards:

  • Decision making process: handling deliberations
  • Drafting the award: the necessity of sufficient reasoning in international arbitration awards
  • Effects of the award: Challenges and enforcement of arbitral awards
  • Supervision of ICC Arbitral Awards: Direct advantages of the scrutiny process done by the ICC Court
17:15-17:30Q & A Session
17:30-18:00Thoughts of the day and closing remarks
18:00Cocktail Reception


Stephan AdellMember of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Squire Patton Boggs
John BeecheyFormer President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Beechey Arbitration
Patterson CheltenhamCharlton Chambers
Wayne ChenPresident of the Caribbean Confederation of Employers
Delroy ChuckMinister of Justice, Government of Jamaica
Carlos F. ConcepcionJones Day
Katherine González ArrochaDirector for the Americas of the ICC International Court of Arbitration
Shan M. GreerChair of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators- CIArb, Caribbean Branch; Floissac Flemming & Associates
Calvin HamiltonMember of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; hamilton abogados
Anthony HyltonShadow Minister for Industry, Investment and Commerce; Samuda & Johnson Attorneys-at-Law
Dyalá JiménezCo-Editor-in-Chief of the ICC Dispute Resolution Bulletin; DJ Arbitraje
Christopher MalcolmSecretary General of the Jamaica International Arbitration Centre; Malcolm Gordon Attorneys-at-Law
Marike PaulssonICC YAF Representative for North America; University of Miami School of Law’s International Arbitration Institute
Sundra RajooDirector of the Kuala Lumpur Regional Centre for Arbitration
Natalie L. ReidDebevoise & Plimpton LLP
Irma Rivera-RamírezBrigard & Urrutia
John RooneyJohn G. Rooney, Jr., P.A.
Nancy TheveninThevenin Arbitration & ADR, LLC
Eduardo ZuletaVice-President of the ICC International Court of Arbitration; Zuleta Abogados Asociados

Logistical notes


Spanish Court Hotel

1 St Lucia Avenue, Kingston 5, Jamaica.


To register and for further information, please send an email to Janet Silvera (info@jaiac.org).

For more information, contact

  • Katherine Lievano
  • +507 203 9152
  • Project Officer
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